All About Us - Tom Ellen

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Official Blurb:

If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?
Ben’s always loved the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And then his old friend Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?
He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.
Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?

My Thoughts:

So, I’m writing this review a few days after finishing it, and I have lovely fond memories of the story. It has left me feeling all warm and fuzzy and ready for Christmas (it’s only July!!).
I knew I should have left it until later on in the year to read to get me all festive, but I was in the mood for a lighthearted happy-ending book. This is exactly what I got with ‘All About Us’. It is an effortless and easy read and has the right amount of drama with its ups and downs.
As many others have said, it is a very modern version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and even the author acknowledges Charles Dickens at the end. It is great going back in time with Ben, and I even felt like I was back at uni with him. All the technology being different was a hoot, and the scene telling was on point.
I did feel at times, however, that we were moving through the story a little slowly and the revelations he was getting from each jump wasn’t profound enough. I felt like he was just, now and again, going through the motions. I think the impact of the jumps would have been better if he’d been older when it all started, but then I suppose that wouldn’t have served the end of the story very well.
The ending was superb; I honestly didn’t know how the outcome would unfold. We are tricked a few times, and I had my heart in my mouth, I think it was the second to last chapter. I was like “this can’t be it”! However, the author comes good and gives the perfect ending that we have all been waiting for.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and very much enjoyed it. I will be looking up this author’s other work to read some of his back catalogue.

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All About Us
by Tom Ellen
Date Started
17th July 2020
Date Finished
19th July 2020
Rating
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